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The Pros And Cons Of East-West Relations

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The Los Angeles times, a major United States newspaper, released a column discussing the kitchen debate on July 27th, 1959. Prior to meeting with Khrushchev, Vice President Nixon had planned to defend the West by standing firm in the dispute over the division of Berlin. Nixon stated that the dispute was “helpful because it provided an opportunity for frank complete discussions in a calm and objective atmosphere.”1 The article quotes a Nixon press stating, “there naturally were major differences of opinion but the discussions at all times were calm,” supporting the idea that the debate failed to result in any solutions regarding strained east – west relations. Although their interaction was describes as “calm,” there were various blunt remarks
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